About this recipe:Floating islands, or île flottante, are a classic French pud consisting of little more than vanilla-scented custard with floating clouds of meringue. Simple, elegant and heavenly delicious!
4 tablespoons caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
350ml full fat milk
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:25min › Ready in:40min
Separate two of the eggs. In top of double boiler, combine 1 whole egg and 2 yolks with sugar, salt and vanilla, beating until smooth. Stir in milk and cook over simmering water, stirring constantly. When custard thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove from heat. (Do not boil. If custard should start to curdle, remove from heat and beat vigorously until smooth.) Cool completely.
In a medium bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer until stiff. Gradually beat in 4 tablespoons sugar. Pour cooled custard into serving dish. Drop meringue by heaping tablespoons onto custard to make islands. Chill before serving.